There’s an art to buying gifts. This isn’t just a line from an Ahmed Helmy movie; it’s true. The goal is always to avoid buying someone a gift that only ends up sitting in the corner of their desk drawer or closet for the next twenty years. The best way to do this is to think outside the box and shop for something creative, unique and truly personal, something that you know is especially perfect for that person. Here’s a list of places where you can shop for your own special gifts this holiday season.

An entire department store dedicated to wellness, motherhood and beauty, Bloom is the perfect place to shop for the girls in your life! They are offering daily special Christmas deals up until Christmas day. With deals like 30% off selected beauty products and perfumes, you don’t want to miss it. Stop by the store or check their Facebook page and website to know more about their Bloom ‘deals of the day’.

Creative Egypt
Part of one of Egypt’s oldest department store brands Omar Effendi, Creative Egypt was born out of the desire to preserve Egyptian culture. From art and pottery pieces, to traditional khayameya fabrics and Egyptian embroidery, Creative Egypt brings you everything that is heritage. Buy someone a gift or indulge yourself and your home, while supporting local crafts and industry. You can also join Creative Egypt on December 23rd in celebrating both Christmas and El Moulid El Nabawy, and have a look at their collections for this special holiday season. For more information, check Creative Egypt’s Facebook page or website.

Inca captured our eyes, hearts and inner interior designers with their new take on upholstery and fabrics. Their colorful cushions, table clothes, poufs, resters and other comfy products from around the world are sure to satisfy the nomad in you. Get a look at their Christmas specials at their store and other showrooms for a chance to bring some pattern into your (or somebody else’s) life. Or join Span Interior Design for their Christmas brunch on Saturday from 12 to 7pm and get a chance to win an Inca gift!

Christmas is here from the moment you set foot into ABnG. Get inspired by their stores’ Christmas decorations and choose your gifts from their wide selection. Christmas pots, ceramic plants, hand-painted tiles, silver Arabic calligraphy, hand-knit scarves, turbans and more – you name it. You can also pick a thing or two for your own place. After all, what is a shopping trip without a few self selected treats?

Who wouldn’t want the new Rose Gold iPhone 6s or sleek gold Macbook for Christmas? Apple Authorized Reseller Tradeline was recently teasing us about upcoming holiday offers and promotions at their stores, and recently revealed a 1000le voucher with all laptop, Ipad and Iphone sales. Shop their full range of products online and stay tuned to their Facebook page to find out more.

Selected Spas
It’s not a break without some pampering. Never mind big boxes and fancy wrapping paper. This season, treat your family and friends to the best gift of all: relaxation. Cairo’s hotels are home to some of the best massages and spa centers, and they offer gift vouchers. Get one and let your loved one schedule the appointment whenever they’re free. Intercontinental City Stars, Dusit Thani, JW Marriott, Sofitel Gezira, Four Seasons and Kempinski are just the beginning of a long list. Contact your desired spa location for more information on different services and spa day packages.